Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa has advanced in the overall South African copier and multifunction printer (MFP) market in the second quarter of 2018, with a 15.5% share of unit shipments for the period. This is according to new numbers from Infosource and indicates that Kyocera's focus on delivering vertical solutions that address companies' pain points is paying off.

For the first half of calendar 2018, Kyocera ranked second in the overall South African copier and MFP market, growing unit shipments by around 30.8% year-on-year. This growth is particularly noteworthy in a difficult market where South African copier and MFP shipments dipped 4.5%, when comparing the first half of 2018 to the same period in 2017.

Kyocera performed particularly well overall in colour copiers and MFPs in the first half of the year, and increased unit shipments by 35.5% and claimed 12.5% market share for the same period. In the mono copier and MFP market, Kyocera achieved 18.6% market share and took first place.

Kyocera was in first position in A4 copiers and MFPs in the first half of the year, with a market share of 24.1%, and also recorded strong growth in A3 copiers and MFPs, increasing product shipments in this category by around 12.4%. Kyocera's growth in A3 colour copiers and MFPs was especially impressive, with unit shipments rising by nearly 33%.

"We have seen growing traction in both the mono and colour A3 segments throughout 2017 and the first half of 2018. The colour range continues to gain significant market share, highlighting the improvements of the new generation devices with regards to quality, colour clarity and functionality," says Karen Vivier, hardware product manager, A3, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.

"Kyocera's A4 MFPs regained overall position one in the first half of 2018, with strong performance in both colour and mono devices. The new products continue to showcase our ability to manage the evolving needs of print services. Our focus will be to strengthen the security function we offer," says Brandon Zabielski, hardware product manager, A4, Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa.